Monday, August 11, 2008

More ups and downs than a see-saw!!

Perhaps you remember a few weeks ago, I was bitching about discussing the fact that my blood sugars had been running really low. Well, diabetes can be like a see-saw. One minute you are down, and the next you are up.

That's right . . . I'm smack dab in a spurt of highs. Tell me if you do this when you are high:

#1: Play the blame game. "maybe I've been slacking off on my exercise" "I haven't been as careful with what I've been eating" "man, I'm really screwing up"

#2: Decide time will make it better. "well, it's almost that time of month - a few more days and things will settle down" "it's just stress - a few more days and things will settle down" "I know, I'll be diligent about exercise - a few more days . . . you can see where I'm going with this.

#3: Have an ah-ha moment. Yes, it's almost that time of month - but my BS isn't usually thrown so out of whack. Yes, I have been slacking on exercise and eating - but not enough to warrant so many highs. Stress - eeeehhh, I'm not really all that stressed. But, AH-HA, I recently opened a bottle of insulin that had come on vacation as a spare. Could the problem be that it didn't travel well? An hour ago, I threw it out, opened a fresh (and untraveled) bottle of insulin and changed my site.

I still think there are multiple factors at work here, but I'm hoping a better bottle of insulin will help get things moving in the right direction. I've had enough of the see-saw!


  1. Factors and variables, oh my!

    I feel for ya. Big time.
    For women we tend to lean towards "that time of month": before, during, after. We just can't catch a break.

    Hang in there Karen. And STOP the blame game! It does you no good. Believe me. Mistakes happen. Life happens. Diabetes does what it wants....

    I know it is frustrating but sometimes you just need to roll with the punches. Sometimes there is just no rhyme nor reason to a bad blood sugar. And trying to figure it out will only drive you crazy.

    Hope you're off the see-saw soon though!

  2. I hate the see-saw! The worst part of chronic highs for me is the rage bolus followed by extrememe low, overeating, then another persistent high! Then I go through the blame game you mention w/ myself - if I would only eat 15g of carbs for a horrid low, I woudln't be in this boat, etc, etc...

    Anyways, hang in there! I am sure the new bottle of insulin, site change, or just a couple of days to let whatever is going on settle, will even everything out...


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